Available from: Flair
Suitable for: 3 yrs
Various kits and prices include:
Funtubulous - £6.99
Basix – £0.99
Fluro – £1.99
Colourmax - £2.99
Squidgems - £1.49
When I think about plasticine, I immediately associate it with Morph from Take Heart (TV from my childhood). My siblings and I played with plasticine for hours.
When it comes to modelling clay and play dough, Esme Grace and Sofia Faith are no different. Over the years they've enjoyed these immensely. And there's no end of bits and pieces about the house reflecting this.
Plasticine is new to the children. I'm not sure why it is something the girls have not played with before? It remains one of the greatest toy inventions ever designed. For all manner of reasons...
Unlike clay and play dough, it never dries out. It is cheaper than those too. And you can buy only one packet and end up with all the colours of the rainbow - and then some. Incidentally, plasticine is a great way of introducing secondary colours to children.
Development is stimulated in other ways. Rolling out is good for strengthening fingers - thinking about the pincer grip and holding a pencil. Cutting out and naming shapes for maths. Counting... and singing. Think How many cakes in a Baker's shop, round and fat with a cherry on the top? Not to mention, encouraging an artist's eye...
It is malleable. Lovely and squidgey. Pleasing. And good for parent and child alike when it comes to venting. I remember my child psychology diploma, studying the positive effects of playing with plasticine on behavioural issues. It is a great therapeutic tool. We also have to note plasticine's imaginary play qualities: Esme Grace had soon designed a tiger.
Sofia Faith a carrot.
The tiger then looked for a bunny to give the carrot to, a funny bunny was put together - and so a new game at the table was created.
To sum up then, what do we think of plasticine? Hours of educational fun. Perfect for children that love creating.
Emma Oliver and the GraceFaith girls received Flair plasticine kits in exchange for a review on the parenting/lifestyle blog LIFE AS IT IS.
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